Plants and ideas growing at the Library

Plants and ideas growing at the Library

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The native plant display in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. 

It’s not just theses blooming at the Jane Bancroft Cook Library right now: stop by the native plant display near the front doors and admire the display of native plants. Organized by alumnus Sean Patton (‘11), this exhibition with informational posters, brochures and flora on loan from the Florida Native Plant Society will remain in the Library until Apr. 27.

Patton founded an environmental consulting company one year ago after graduating from New College in 2015 and working for another firm. In addition to environmental consulting, he also works on public outreach and education. Patton hosts an environmentally oriented art show on the last Saturday of the month at The Mable—the pub formerly known as Growler’s—and has organized native plant displays in other libraries.

The display features local vegetation and pamphlets Patton has collected from a variety of plant societies, as well as a pupating caterpillar.

“I heard New College was having some enrollment issues, so I got this little guy to help boost enrollment,” Patton joked.

Patton encourages students from all disciplines to sign up to volunteer on a display sheet. There is also a sign-up sheet for any students interested in plants and habitat restoration for volunteer projects or internships with his company.

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